September 9, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Candy Smiley, President
Poway Federation of Teachers Endorse Candidates for Poway’s Board of Education
Poway Federation of Teachers’ (PFT) Executive Board announced today its support for School Board incumbents, Todd Gutschow and Marc Davis and candidate T.J. Zane for the open seat in the November election. The PFT Executive Board interviewed all eight candidates running for the three board member seats.
“We held twenty minute interviews, reviewed candidates’ websites and/or information made available online, and then had a thorough discussion about each candidate,” said Candy Smiley, president of the PFT. “In making our endorsement decisions, we look for candidates who are knowledgeable, experienced and focused first and foremost on academic success for all students. This year, we specifically looked for a commitment to maintain the existing collaborative relationship between Superintendent John Collins and the teachers’ professional organization, the Poway Federation of Teachers. We have a partnership of trust and a shared commitment to student learning.”
The endorsed candidates are:
Todd Gutschow: “After serving eight years on the board, we know Todd’s work and his commitment to students, teachers, and the community,” Smiley said. “Todd’s belief that public school is the single most important gift we can give our children and our community is the vision we want for our board.”
Marc Davis: “After four successful years, Marc brings the necessary leadership experience to the board. Like Todd, we know Marc’s work and his deep commitment to students, teachers, and the community,” said Smiley, “During Marc’s tenure on the board, Marc’s fiscal knowledge combined with his thoughtful and balanced approached helped us weather the storm of the most severe cuts to education.”
T.J. Zane: “Mr. Zane has a solid understanding of the policymaking role of the school board. His desire is to empower educators and schools to implement board policies and achieve academic results. Mr. Zane’s board experience includes: San Diego County Taxpayers Association, PQ Town Council, PUSD Los Penasquitos Academy, PUSD No Excuses University, and Rancho Family YMCA, San Diego-Imperial Council of the Boy Scouts of America,” said Smiley. “T.J.’s breadth of experience and his interest and support of our students is commendable.”
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| TENTATIVE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
Term of the Agreement: 2013-14 through 2014-15
The PFT/PUSD IBPS Fiscal Group has worked together throughout the year monitoring the District budget beginning with the 2012-13 true-up process. In that process, we took a look back to see if the expenditures for teachers for the 2007-08 year (the last year before the state budget cuts) were on target.
From the 2012-13 true-up, we continued to look at the District budgeting process for 2013-14 year as the Budget Assumptions and First Interim Budget reports were issued. These reports are snapshots of the financial conditions of the District at two points during the fiscal year to make assumptions about PFT expenditures and total unrestricted revenue.
Your PFT members of the IBPS team, Candy Smiley, Kelly Logan, Joe McEachron and Greg Strachan are proud to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years (with reopeners for wages, Heath and Welfare and any other sections either party requests in 2014-15, Section V of this agreement). The IBPS members feel that the agreement strikes a very good balance between supporting both people and program. Your IBPS team urges you to support this agreement when the teachers vote to ratify on March 11 and 12, 2014. Click here to read full Tentative Settlement Agreement
| Candy Smiley
|| September 2013
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